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Thank you everyone for your words of kindness and support. I will be back in a few days.


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My heart breaks for you, Susan. Long, busy day, and I'm ready to put my feet up with a cup of chamomile tea before I head to bed.

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Posting early so I don't forget tonight. Getting ready to head out for bowling with a few stops first to pick up and drop off.
Rain today. It caught up to us. Knew that wonderful sunshine wouldn't last.
Hope you all have a great day.

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Susan: We lost our dog about 2 years ago. He was yelping and in so much pain that my friends brother took him to the vet to put him down.



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Susan, I'm so sorry to hear about Homer, but you did the right thing by him. For dog lovers, life is a succession of these cherished friends. But for them, we are everything and the only ones.
I dread the day when either of our girls passes.

I agree. The best part of the Super Bowl was the entertainment. Lady Gaga was fabulous, the halftime show was incredible, and of course the commercials. Even without an interest in either team, it was fun to watch.

Back from the dentist, and they had to take out one more tooth than I'd figured. Now I have to take it easy for a day and eat a soft diet. Will be a challenge to keep the calories low, but I think I can do it.

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It snowed here a little bit. I am at home since this morning the roads were icy in spots. Sort of feel bad not being at work now that I looked out and the roads were just wet with no snow.



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Susan, I'm sorry to hear about Homer. I'm glad he's no longer in pain.

Today I worked out really, really hard, and I am still wobbly from it!! Operation Deflabbify is in full swing!

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Morning all
Susan I am so sorry to hear about Homer, I know how much you love him.It's so hard when a pet passes, they are such an integral part of the family- they are family. emoticon


Beautiful chilly sunny day here so making the most of it with a walk along the beach.
Live is very good.

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Susan sorry to read about Homer so hard to loose our pets they give us so much but when the time comes we can not let them suffer.
Another early start but will get my lunch time walk in as just teaching till 1pm then admin stuff. Looking like a nice day wishing everyone well


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Susan, I feel a sense of relief. Homer has crossed the bridge and is no longer in pain. You will miss him terribly. Hold all those memories you have made with him close to your heart forever. Hugs my spark friend.

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Susan,
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Homer is in a special place and he will always be with you in spirit. The loss of a pet is tough as they are part of your family.

I lost my little girl Snuggles almost 3 years ago who gave me 13 years of joy that I'll never forget. It took time for our family to get through the loss. After a few months we now have a Cooper who is my little boy.

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Just a quick post to let you know that we took Homer to the vet this afternoon. After blood work and x-rays it was discovered that he was full of lung cancer. he is no longer in pain or suffering as we had him euthanized with us at his side.

It's heart breaking however I know this was the one last act of love we could give our precious boy.



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Hi all.
Beautiful grandkids of all ages.
Sorry about Homer. It is difficult to have any family member suffer but not want them to leave us.
I agree about Lady Gaga. That was the best National anthem I have heard in years. What a voice.
Another beautiful day here and we got to eat lunch on the deck again today. It may not last but I'll enjoy it while it's here.
Snickers and I got in another great walk mid morning.

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Susan sorry to read about your dog and thinking of you, Our pets are such a part of us heartbreaking when they are ill.
Planning and preparing for a dignity+compassion day focusing on the frail elderly lots of interesting reading, exercise is a key factor in health


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Susan, Liva is an absolute beauty. She looks like she is a happy little gal too. It seems that Homer knows he is dying--he has retreated into a place where it is quieter and away from everyone. My hubby says if a dog is an outside dog they will sometimes simply go away when their time comes and it looks like Homer is doing the same. I know this is not what you want to hear, I just want you to know I am thinking about you and that I care. Sending Hugs, hope you can feel them.

MNNICE, I agree with you 100%, Lady GAGA rocked the National Anthem and she did it with class. It's been a long time since I've heard it sung with such feeling. Bravo Lady Gaga.

Hope everyone has a good day. If you are in the blizzard zones do take care and stay indoors if at all possible. I intend on cleaning and organizing the kitchen cupboards (starting the chore anyway!!)


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Good morning all,

taking our dog Homer to the vet today for a certain diagnosis on his condition. WE just can't bring ourselves to make a decision until I have numbers from the blood work. I believe Homer to be in renal failure and today he is not as well as yesterday. He went downstairs to the bed there and has stayed there al morning. He is shaking a bit so that indicate pain , his breathing is stressful.
If results are poor from the blood work, we will probably not be bringing our beloved Homer home with us. We will have him euthanized with us at his side. I am dreading this appointment at 4:00 pm today.

I have a respiratory test to take at the hospital at 2:00 which is just routine for my new doctor. I don't expect any unhealthy surprises but am taking the test to humor the doctor . I am going for an echo cardiogram at the end of the month but this is necessary because I have mitral valve prolapse. I will be letting them know also that my great granddaughter's autopsy revealed that she was born with a rare heart condition called non compactive cardiomyopathy because it is genetic and one can have it for years without having symptoms.
They can check me for this then. I don't expect that it came from my side of the family but one never knows. My granddaughter and baby Madison's father have to go for genetic testing so it should show where the gene came from after those tests.

I want to wish everyone a great day and if you don't hear from me again for a few days, you will know that we had to make a decision about our precious dog that was not in our favor.


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Got my walk in, b'fast, and soon off for another interview and out to check the fried clams at a few more places. Transplanted New Englanders around here are hungry for their belly-on clams!

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emoticon Early start with GGS this morning. Life is good.

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Little babies, grown babies, and babies in between... We love our grandbabies!!

Today I started the morning with a really good upper body workout, with short bursts of high intensity cardio thrown in for good measure. I really need to deflabbify these old lady arms!! I wish exercise would dewrinkle my face. Haha

Have a lovely day, ladies (and Greg).

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Morning guys
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Susan she's adorable,

Storm has blown over and it's so cold here this morning. Walk first thing then hitting the bike and getting the chores done today.
And it's pancake day!!!

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Great to see pics of the grandchildren! Didn't watch much of the game, but watched the online video of Lady GaGa singing the National Anthem and I must say it was refreshing to see an entertainer that is confident enough in her talents that she didn't have to try to impress us with costume malfunctions or other antics. I thought she did a beautiful job in a classy manner. Off to bed early tonight -- the cold weather seems to wear me out!

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Susan, She's beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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Hello everyone,

sorry I have been MIA for a couple of days but the weekend has been spent mostly with our oldest dog Homer who seems to be going downhill. We are faced with making a decision for euthanasia but it is so gut wrenching , it is hard to come to a decision yet. He is resting a great deal but yesterday was needing help with the stirs, went off of his food and had labored breathing. Today he has had two small meals and has been more comfortable resting with his breathing more normal.

My youngest son has come by two days in a row to visit him because they have always had a special bond and I think it makes Homer brighten up some. We are watching carefully over the next couple of days to help us with our decision. I don't want Homer to suffer but I also don't want to act to hastily if he is not suffering as much as I suspect. I wish he could tell us or God would decide for us instead.

Weather here today was so lovely and spring like. It started sunny but then it disappeared but remained warm into the mid 40's. By Saturday it is only supposed to be 5F so we will get a real shock with temps like that considering we have yet to have a real winter. The cold snap will last about a week and then it will warm up again.

I sure am looking forward to summer sun and warmth but I am feeling very blessed that we have not had the winter we had last year where it snowed continuously into April before letting up.

Thank you ladies for sharing the pictures of your sweet grand and great grand babies. They truly are such a blessing. Here is a photo of my granddaughter Liva who lives in Denmark. I sure am missing her with so many miles between us.


Liva is now 7 months old .



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Jeri your new GS is a "healthy sized" baby and oh so handsome. As Joy suggested, enjoy him every moment you get because time does fly and before long they are 21 years of age like Joys handsome GS whose pic she posted.

Joy your GS is obviously very fond of you as you are of him. What is better than a Sunday talking to our family, even if it is on the phone. I have started walking while talking now too. Thanks for the idea.

I was out walking every day over the weekend. Friday was very windy so that walk turned out to be a cardio workout but Saturday and Sunday were absolutely beautiful and today we are getting more of the same.

Have a Marvelous Monday filled with love and sunshine everyone.

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Thank you for sharing grand baby pictures from the youngest to the oldest all lovely.
Been very windy all day and now very stormy this evening, the cats are very spooked by it No walk for me to-day and did manage a 20 min workout before work so that will be me for the day


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JERI, He's beautiful!! Niece is too! He looks 3 months old already! He'll be sleeping through the night in no time. Going full term is a good thing; I hope Mommy is doing well. Enjoy being grandma! The time flys!

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Good morning. Yesterday I spent the day with the new baby. Took a few pics. One of my granddaughters went along for the ride. She's 12, and she's been dying to get her hands on the baby, and she was so disappointed last weekend when she couldn't go because he brother had strep.Here are a few pics of the beautiful boy.




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Good Morning All, Never did get out for that walk yesterday. Sunday afternoon turned into distant family phone time and I got in over 6 miles indoors that way! Missed a beautiful outside day but family time is well spent. Had a great time at GS's 21st birthday celebration; no interest in football. CAT, congratulations on the win! Make this another great week everyone!

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Morning Guys
Saw on the news the big anniversary of your superbowl.........enjoy the moment everyone.


Off to get the ole Barnet trimmed today and some highlights done- so a long pampering session! emoticon

Have a good week everyone

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Walked 2.75 mi mid morning. Cool and overcast here all day, which is good walking weather.
Watched a pro bowling tournament on tv, my first of the season. I am bowling in a tournament next Sat & Sun, and it helped put me in the winning mood.
Since watching it I have been looking at bowling equipment online. Don't need anything new but it would be nice to have some new stuff when I head to the National Tournament in Reno come June.
Having brown chili for Super Bowl dinner. I made it last week and froze it to age a bit. Since we came to WA from Denver we are Bronco fans.

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Thinking I'll skip the Superbowl altogether. I enjoyed it more when they didn't have quite so much of the preliminary "hoopla" and played the game in the afternoon. Got taxes filed, paid some bills online and threw together Chef Meg's Loaded Potato Soup which is simmering on the stove and smells delicious! Now it's time to put my feet up and watch a sappy movie on Netflix!

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Today we are experiencing the ugly winds from out west (thanks Verna). Current temp is -12C with -24C windchill. Winds 50 gusting to 61 km/h. Walked to church but accepted an invite for lunch so did not have to battle the winds on return journey. The only real downside is having to do all that walking in the hallways of my apartment block. I find it so terribly long and boring. Suppose I should be grateful I still have the ability to walk unassisted. Now there's a thought.

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I did get out for a walk in the blustery wind yesterday. A friend called and we decided to meet in the middle". I had to lean into the wind pretty hard in order to keep going forward. The walk home was much easier with the wind at my back and both our dogs were happy to rest and sleep when we got back. My friend and I had a lovely dinner together and relaxing visit. (DH had gone to a hockey game) We enjoyed my mutant squash that came from the garden last year. Only cooked half of it and still had 8-10 cups left over. I may try making soup out of some of it. The part I didn't cook will be cut into wedges and taken to Curves for whoever wants some.


Youngest GS, 1 year old by squash we just ate!!

Yes Joy, some days I crash too and some days I don't get much done. Guess I have to face I'm slowing down and I don't quite like that!! I will have to build up stamina if I expect to keep the flowerbeds, garden and this huge yard looking nice in the summer. Anxious for summer to come.

Wow, what a feat for your DGD to come in first in the dance competition. You just brag all you want about her Joy. You have exclusive bragging rights for sure.

I am glad some of your health issues are clearing and good for you for taking on the challenge of clean eating. As they say the proof is in the pudding and you are proving just how many additives there are in our food. Scary really.

Keep smiling everybody and enjoy the Super Bowl game if you are watching. Two roasters are going into my oven today, one with a sirloin tip roast and the other with veggies drizzled with a little oil. Easy lazy dinner. Right now I'm heading outdoors to play with the dog and do a few farm chores.

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Still stuck at the 5-pound point. Seems like I can't relax on my eating ... ever! Unfortunately, Bill made an outstanding dinner, including twice-baked potatoes with sage-cheddar cheeses, last night. emoticon

Breezy and brisk here this morning (45-ish). Hat, mittens, and oatmeal weather!

No way could I get Bill out walking 5 miles with me, unless he felt like it, Verna.


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Crashed yesterday and just took the day off. Happens sometimes, just tired. Most likely because I've had a string of really good fitness days and they caught up with me. That's OK, feeling good and today feeling rested. Missed a beautiful day outdoors.

Thanks CAZ, DGD came in first among 60 dancers in the 14-18 age group in this solo competition! (She is 14) A big deal in dance! Really proud of her! Amazing strength and poise; dancers are true athletes!

I have to share that as I continue to "clean up" my diet, which was already pretty darn good, issues are fading that "there is no remedy for". Imagine that?! So, for me, it's worth the extra time in the kitchen (no longer my favorite place) and making my own bread and soup. Goal continues to be reducing additives. Reducing the meds is progressing well too.

All is well here and life continues to be good. Keep moving and making healthy choices everyone.

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Looks like a sunny but cold day in Chicago. I'm ready to take my walk with my pup. Have a great Sunday and go Carolina in the Super Bowl.

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Joy how did you DGD get on in the final? I'm not one for making bread, I buy a seeded whole wheat loaf from the fresh bakery section in Tesco's, I just love it!!
Susan I hear you about making the most of the sunshine. Such a wonderful day today for a beach stroll after such a miserable day yesterday.
Verna I feel the same about battling high winds, they don't make an enjoyable walk.
Sue I used to love the farmer's market back in London, there doesn't appear to be on here emoticon

Hoping it continues to stay nice for a walk today, looks like it will *crosses fingers*.


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Okay, forgot to post again, because we were rushing this morning. Walked 4 miles, gobbled breakfast, and headed out to our farmers' market, so I could interview somebody. This market has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Couldn't believe it!

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Joy that bread looks divine. I love bread so don't bake it very often.

Susan, you are right if it isn't one thing it's another. Surely things will smooth out soon. Praying for all your family.

Cat you did spark your SO. Koo doos to both of you. I'm not having any luck with my DH. I don't push either cause he just isn't interested in becoming fit and healthy. I just go my merry way and do the best I can, joining up with a friend now and then to walk our dogs along the irrigation canal. I do have good buddies at Curves who do the circuit and nothing more but that is ok we do have fun most days. Always talk and laughter and when I get into the serious exercise after the circuit I do so on my own with little talking. (Can't talk and exercise hard!!)

The wind is fairly stiff this afternoon with high gusts. My intention was to go for a walk with Salty but I'm thinking I will only end up in a bad mood and the better thing for me to do would be to ride my stationary bike. On that note I am going to do that right now.

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Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your niece. Prayers for her.
Joy, your bread does look good. Smart to make mini loaves.
Keeping busy today with odds and ends.

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The morning is passing to quickly, and I need to get to the bank yet before it closes (yes, small town banks still close at noon on Saturdays!) After lunch will walk down the hill to the local (outdoor) ice skating rink, as a skating club is coming to town to put on a show, and there will be 3 local gals skating. The weather is going to b in the upper 30s or low 40s, so won't be terribly unpleasant to stand out in the air to watch.

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Susan,
I don't eat a lot of bread either. A batch like this will last me a month or more and I know exactly what's in it. Plus, I'm looking for a no muss no fuss way. I used to enjoy the process years ago; today, the less time I spend in the kitchen the better. This one, you mix, knead, put in the cans, then in the crock pot, set a timer and forget it. Some of the recipes you don't even knead. The trick is finding good bread--that is not also a trigger food for me. Culprit in the brown bread was probably the dried cranberries. The bread I've been buying for an occasional sandwich is very pricey and a little coarse for GGS. Enjoy your day!

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Good morning all,

the sun is trying to come out and I am getting out for a run after hubby gets back from grocery shopping. After my run it is dog food making day and this time I am going to make an even larger batch so I won't have to do it again for a while.

Joy, your slow cooker bread looks yummy. I don't usually eat bread myself but I used to make home made bread years ago from scratch which was an entire day event. I loved watching it rise and having to knead it but it was a tedious task after a while and with time restrictions after the babies came, I stopped making it.
Hubby loves his crusty bread so we have it in the house for him and whole wheat in case I want toast for a change at breakfast.

Well, I am going to get myself ready for my run and wish everyone a sunny day. I love Mr. Sunshine and it puts my mood way up there in the heights.


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Good Morning All! It's warming up this weekend; so I plan to get outside this afternoon. I will be spending a lot of time sitting at dance competiton finals tomorrow. Strictly a solo competition; DGD has me in awe! Sometime before then she needs to bring over her gown to alter.

I spent a lot of time in the kitchen yesterday. Made a East Coast Chowder; veggies and cod; good. I will make it again.

I tried out my new slow cooker to bake mini loaves of bread yesterday; pleased. Not for a family but great for a single, one small loaf will last me a week sliced thinly. I made a steamed brown bread (sweet) last week and ate the whole sample loaf! Will not be making that again unless I have company. Remaining loaves safely in the freezer! No worse than a big muffin; point is, I didn't stop.

This is 100% whole grain oatmeal wheat. A keeper, I still need to tweak my technique. I will put 1/2 c water in the bottom of the cooker next time as some other recipes suggest. It's a one loaf recipe and made 4. Suggests using a 1# coffee can; good luck finding one! Just about any one loaf recipe would work; depending on your tastes. This was lighter than my first try. DGS loves them all! No crust and they fit his tiny hands. Easy to find the techniques online; just google any variation of slow-cooker or crock pot baking (or bread).




Need to get into this day! Make it a wonderful weekend everyone!


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Looks like everyone is off to a busy day. I did my weekly weigh in today with a nice results! It's amazing what healthy eating and making time for exercise can do for you. Have a great weekend my friends!

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Morning guys
Jeri great goal. You are an inspiration the way you keep going.Amazing lady.
Joy never put off until tomorrow ................ emoticon SO glad we don't have to do that every year over here.Small businesses and self-employed do though.
Susan glad your mum came through the op okay, understandably scary for her. A tough time for you too- take some "me" time this weekend babe.Nice prezzie for your office- love big screens! Prayers for your niece.
Cat I see you've sparked your SO, he's taken a leaf out of your book and has become the motivator!.
Suzy if exercise is not fun it would not get done. The number of sparkers who do exercise they DON'T enjoy and give up.............then when they've found a fun way have gone on to reach their goals. Lesson learned.

Slow day here today, Pete's building a work bench for the garage so I'm taking myself off for a walk. Later I'll be looking through the local papers at the theatres for what's showing- we need a night out!!!!

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Hello again everyone,

today started well and I got a lot of cleaning done and was tossing out and sorting through a whack of old CD's I have saved over the years. Some are going to the Christian Benefit shop and some I cut up for the garbage as they had old graphics and programs on them that I developed and no longer use with todays' computers.

The advancement in computers since 2004 when I got my first one has been remarkable.
Hubby bought me a new 40 inch TV set for my office as the little one I had was just too small for me to swatch any more. I am now using it as my computer monitor which is awesome because it makes for a big screen as a monitor. I had to get rid of y TV stand however which had a storage compartment with tall the CD's so this is why I was so compelled to sort through them.

I did not get out for a run because hubby and I want out and got a shelf and brackets to install my TV set . It takes up less room so gives the dogs more playing space while indoors and do like being in the office with me most of the time.

Just before dinner I got a message from a family member that my niece who has just beat Acute myeloid leukemia after being in hospital for 9 months and then getting her brothers bone marrow, is now fighting the bone marrow transplant. She was deemed cancer free just before Christmas and came home and now she is under close watch to see if she is going into rejection. If she does, she may very well be in jeopardy if the cancer returning.
It seems that in my family, it doesn't rain .......it bloody well pours! I ask for prayers so she is once again given a fighting chance.
She has come so far, we pray that she doesn't have to go through this again. They have just been sending away for their passports as the Make A Wish Foundation was ending them to London England for a week vacation. This is where my niece wanted to go for her wish. They were planning on going in September some time. so lets hope it still happens.

I see that some of the ladies here enjoy swimming and I too am among those who like to swim. I have never done it competitively however I have been dreaming of doing a triathlon which is held in July in my home town and it requires swimming first then cycling then running. Not sure of the distances but looking into it. I have been a volunteer at this event many years ago and always thought it would be great to be a participant. Now I have the ability to be one if I want.

I am still waiting on all of our T4 slips to do our taxes. It is so easy to complete them here as I have a program that I use and it pretty well figure out everything for you. All I need to do is answer the questions, fill in the numbers and then upload it to the government site. Then my rebate comes within 2 weeks. Looking for more this year since hubby was not working for over half of last year as his PT job place of business closed and he had his knees done and didn't get another job to keep himself busy since he is retired.
Now he is looking again since he is finding retirement very boring.

Just listened to the weather report and it is calling for sunshine tomorrow. Whoo Hoo.....will go out for certain and nothing will stop me this time.

Sending the best of wishes to everyone for a fantastic weekend.


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How did I forget to post? Oh well.

I'm with all of you who hate taxes. Don't know why, because Bill does them, but I always dread the outcome, no matter what.

Sorry to say that I don't like to swim in the pool for fitness. I just like to do it for fun. Come to think of it, I feel the same way about walking. If I didn't feel that way, I doubt that I'd do it!

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Howdy all.
We hit the gym again this morning. I am so amazed that SO is making a real effort in this. He is the one that says 'let's go'. I am proud of him and grateful he's come around to getting fit and helping himself.
Got home and immediately took the dog for a walk. Now it's time to rest before doing some chores.
Have a good evening.

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Cat good job well done on those taxes. I just do the bookkeeping end of it and the GST and the accountant does the rest.

Jeri, seems like you have a fun weekend in store. Hope your visit with baby is all that you hope for and more. I don't swim, have a very healthy fear of water and getting worse as I age. Don't remember if I almost drowned but something must have happened for me to be so fearful. Not about to dwell on that though! It looks like such fun and am happy to hear that you have taken the plunge again!!

Joy taxes are such a pain. Hate absolutely hate bookkeeping until I sit down to do it. Same as ironing, hate it but once I get started I like it. Must be what is called love/hate relationships.

Susan, I know what you mean about your mom and pray that she will bounce back now that she has put the cataract surgery fear behind her. The gum pain is probably a factor too. Please remember to take care of yourself and get some relaxation in this weekend.

Have a sunshiny weekend everyone.

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Hello everyone,

I am sorry I have not be around much this week with all the commitments I have had, I have just not had a lot of extra time. I am making this weekend MY time and looking forward to relaxing and enjoying some fun times, good runs and healthy living.

Hubby was so concerned about me yesterday as I was so tired and overwhelmed when I came back from my mothers. I am mostly concerned about the dementia she is still displaying with memory loss and confusion. At most times she seems normal and then she says something that makes me realize she has forgotten what was instructed or she has done something that isn't normal for her. Too much to explain but none the less, she has come through her cataract surgery very well and now knows that the next one will be a very easy procedure and she isn't scared any longer.

She is still complaining of mouth pain where she had stitches following her extractions. I'm sure she will be fine by next week when I take her back to see the dentist which will be ongoing every couple of weeks for several months until her gums shrink and she gets her permanent lower dentures. Right now she has temporary ones with just the 8 front teeth on the denture so she can get used to it and any adjustments needing made can be done before the permanent ones are made.

I am hoping to get out today for a run and if the sun stays out, it will be great.
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Good Morning All!
Jeri, the pool was a great choice this morning! Man, it's COLD out there! I'm loving the sunshine though and looking forward to the warming this afternoon and weekend.

All is well here, amazing myself with all the busy work I can find to stall working on my taxes; it's starting to nag. Will be done before March. emoticon

Make it a great weekend everyone and keep moving!

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Good morning! I started this morning with 1000 yds in the pool, followed by 15 minutes on the spin bike. I haven't been in the pool much at all since last summer when that was all I could do due to my broken foot. I ended up really resenting the pool, even though I like to swim. So last week I swam for the first time since September. It was slooooooowwww going, but I didn't have a watch with me to time it. And then Tuesday I wore my watch, and was so disappointed to see how much swim fitness I'd lost!! Today I wore my watch, and I was 12 sec/100 yd faster than Tuesday. That makes me feel better. I still have a long way to go to get back to where I was in 2014. Oh well. I should bounce back quickly. I've made a goal to be in the pool two times a week this month. In March I'll reassess and maybe add a day in the water each week or at least every other week. We all need to occasionally reassess what works for us.

Tonight starts little league basketball tournament, double elimination. My grandson plays on a winning team, so we will be at the gym all night tonight, and all day tomorrow. Sometime between games tomorrow, I will sneak in a 10 mile run. And then Sunday we're going to go see the new baby. Yay!!

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Verna, love the owl (and the snow).
Did taxes today! Filed thru TurboTax.
Went to the gym and walked.

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Do not like snakes, nor find them "cute"!!!! Creepy crawlers! :) Jeri, my hubby often tells me that there are TWO 4 o'clocks in a day, but I'm not going to get up to see the other one! Enjoy a day of rest - you deserve it! Work stress took a toll on me for a while this morning, but I am getting better at learning to let things go!

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Good Morning All!
GGS will be here soon. He's at that age where he doesn't want mommy to leave and is clingy at "good-by". Hard on her but, he's fine before she's even out of the driveway. I've been texting her a photo of him happily playing in Bear's room on those mornings.

Thank you guys! (grew up in Chicago; here it would be "you-all"!) You are too kind. I'm in awe of all you do while juggling caring for your families and your jobs! I also have control of what food is in my house; I don't have to stock it for others--unless I have houseguests.

What I have really worked on is being positive ( I send out a Time For Joy email every morning-if you want on that list sparkmail me your email. It's also my way of checking in with my family and letting them know, barring technical problems, that I am OK.) and staying active. I'm so glad to be back to feeling close to normal and functional again! The loss of strength and vision issues were really scary last fall. Never give in, if you stop doing things (like stairs); you lose the ability to. I've seen it too often with friends already. Last fall was really humbling--we are not always in control. I'm so thankful and life continues to be good! Hugs.



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Good morning!! I skipped my morning workout. Sometimes a person just has to sleep in past 4:30. I don't think I will work out at all today. I need a day off.

Susan, how did your mom's surgery go?

Verna, I agree with you. Joy is certainly a role model for all of us!

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Joy, glad to hear you are feeling good. You sure manage to keep yourself busy if it isn't running errands, its babysitting, finding treasures and remodelling to suit your fancy, working in your garden and yard and on and on. I admire you so much and find you to be such an inspiration. Thank you for that.

It is sunny here today so I am heading outside for the afternoon but from this pic you can see that I won't be digging around in the yard or garden. I will be walking along the canal with my dog and might chat with the owl for a minute if he is "available" and not too skittish!!

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LOL, Jeri, I believe her! I bet you never do anything halfhearted!

Susan, good luck with your mom. I hope she's feeling more herself, but this is a lot she's going through.

Well, the ring-neck snake came back to life. He was out there sunning himself again this morning. Now that he seems to be domesticated, I've named him in honor of our local circus family: Ringling.

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Good morning all,
yesterday was busy with appointments and I brought my mother back to my place to spend the night. WE are getting ready now to go to the hospital for her cataract surgery. I will be going back and staying overnight at her place so I won't be posting until later tomorrow.
Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Can't believe it is already half way through the week.

Have a fabulous day everyone.


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Good Morning All, Strangely warm out this morning but supposed to be cooler the rest of the week. Patti and Greg, I think you are both getting the rain that moved through here yesterday and last night; it's just clearing now. This will be a good morning for me to run some errands and get the salt washed off my car. All is well and feeling good. Depending on the weather I will be either working in the kitchen or the garden this afternoon. Who knows, maybe both!

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Good morning!!
I thought the little snake-fella was kinda cute! He would have startled me, for sure.

I was supposed to get up early and run 7 miles this morning. I just didn't feel like getting out of bed at 4:30. So I slept until 5:15, and then ran 3 miles and did some upper body work. Now I'm sitting at work. I feel so blah today. I told the girl at the Y front desk that I was only going to do a half-hearted workout. She told me she'd never seen me do anything half-hearted. But it sure was. Oh well. Hopefully, I will get less blah as the day goes on.

She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses...
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Good morning everyone, It is supposed to be a rainy day today here.



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Good Morning,
Looks like a another wet and turning colder in Chicago. Please send some sunshine my way. Have a great day!

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Getting some snow and wind tonight, but should only be a couple inches, while just an hour or so south they have gotten a foot or more -- so I'm not complaining! Hubby made turkey lasagna for supper while I did my "1st Day to 5K" session on the treadmill. It was Day 1 of Week 4, so I'm not quite half way to running the full 5K. I have no trouble physically keeping up with the training, but mentally I get bored. Almost got my taxes finished tonight but will do a re-check of things before e-filing them.

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LOL, Cat. Some animal or other was always stealing the socks out of my shoes and leaving them, soggy, beside them. I suspect a cat. It hasn't happened ever since we got the girls.

Sadly, the little snake crawled off and died under the bench. Call me crazy, but I think snakes are cute--as long as they don't jump out and surprise me.

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Suzy, all I can say is YUCK!
I remember when you first moved to FLA your shoes on the porch kept getting little surprises in them from some mischievous rodents. It was fun waiting for the latest adventure.
Got in a mid morning walk today. Weather is surprisingly nice as we are supposed to have a week long non stop rain storm(s) come through. It'll hit I don't doubt.


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Good Afternoon Everyone! GGS arrived early this morning so I'm getting a late start here. Headed out to walk while it's still nice, hoping the wind is not too bad; can see storms headed this way on the map now. Little guy is growing up so fast!

Opted out of the walk--too windy, did inside instead. Having fun playing with pictures!

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I sure hope those Kentucky storms don't head this way. They've been turning mean lately.

I had a little company this morning, while I was sitting on my front bench putting on my socks and sneakers.

First he tried to hide under a leaf.



By the time I returned and took off my shoes, the baby ring-neck snake had come out.



I decided to put my shoes on TOP of the bench for a change. Don't want any surprises next time.

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Good morning!!! It's going to be a beautiful, windy day in Kentucky, heading into some really bad storms this evening. Not looking forward to that! I started the day in the pool. I got a thousand yards done, but it wasn't easy. My goggles kept leaking. So frustrating! The last 250 yards or so, I took off my goggles and just backstroked. I kept splashing myself in the eyes, but it was still better than having water trapped inside my goggles.

My scale was down almost two pounds this morning, since last week. I'm not going to trust that number yet, but it was nice to see it!

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Good Morning from Chicago! Looks like a windy wet day. Have a great day.

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Hi Everyone!
I hope you had a great day. A long day but I made the time to get a long walk in.

Have great evening!

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Well, here it is again the end of the day and I am rushed to get this posted and dinner cooked.
I need to start posting earlier in the day!
Gym, walk, sewing, word puzzle today.
Making pork fajita's for dinner!

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Hello Ladies and to Greg welcome back.

hope everyone has started the day and this month off to a healthy beginning.

I took my mom for her pre op doctor appointment today and tomorrow I will take her to the dentist to get her stitches out and see if she can handle the new dentures in her moth. It has been very sore for her so she stopped wearing the dentures a couple days ago.
My mom's memory today was off the wall. She is very stressed about her cataract surgery on Wednesday and I hope this is what is causing her to be acting so "lost" . Two weeks ago I did the cognitive testing on her that the doctors do and she passed with flying colors.
Her behavior the past couple of days has been very confused and forgetful.

I am so concerned right now but I am giving her a few weeks to recover from the cataract surgery to document the behaviors and then have her doctor sent her to a gerontologist for assessment.

I managed to get outside for a 65 minute power walk with my moms little dog and it felt so good . When the sun peeked out, it felt just like a spring day and felt so good on my face.
Can't wait until we have this sort of weather on a regular basis then c'mon summer!

Sending best wishes to everyone for a fabulous February. A new month new goals, new challenges and new advancements in our healthy journey. Lets do this everyone..

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This team is "The Best." Thank you for all the support gals. I feel better and am going to succeed at this yet. I have changed my ticker and that makes me feel honest. Maybe I will never have a ticker that says "Maintenance" who knows but I know I can't portray to you, my dear friends that I am maintaining when really I was not even trying. I guess I was stuck on the thought that I would keep my weight within 2 to 5 lbs of my goal weight. I was disappointed with myself that I wasn't getting back on track for more than a day and was indulging in whatever and whenever I felt the urge. Saturday was the straw that broke the camel's back-- wow I had one terrific binge. But that was Saturday and today is Monday and a new month and I am moving forward and upward or should I say downward!!


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Greg, welcome back. I've been gone from the team for quite a while myself, but it sure feels good to be back. I rededicated myself, like many of us, at the beginning of the year and have taken off 5 pounds since then. 5 more to go--usually the point where I get hung up on a plateau, which is exactly what's happened.

Verna, so glad you decided to stay! The way to maintain is not by leaving a maintainers' group. Lots of people's definitions of maintenance shift over time. It doesn't mean getting to a goal weight and staying at or below it. There's usually an acceptable range, which in my case has expanded by 20 pounds! And my goal is now 10 lbs higher than it used to be. In short, maintenance is supposed to be a little flexible.

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